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Oral History Interview with Kathrine Robinson Everett, January 21, 1986. Interview C-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Kathrine Robinson Everett recalls a career as a trailblazing female lawyer and women's rights activist, though she rejects the title of pioneer. Robinson seized on the new opportunities available for women during World War I, securing a legal education while many men were abroad fighting. Her education and upbringing shaped her belief that women deserve equal treatment in work and life, a belief that drove her to join the women's movement, push for the Equal Rights Amendment, and join city politics in Durham, North Carolina. This interview offers researchers a perspective on the seeds of activism and, through one experience, the public lives of women in the twentieth century.
  • An idyllic childhood of creative play and good food
  • Sundays as days of worship
  • Choosing to pursue a law degree
  • A more moderate version of women's rights activism
  • Education trains Everett for women's movement
  • Reasons for the failure of the Equal Rights Amendment in North Carolina
  • A pioneer despite herself
  • Durham voters resist the idea of a female city council member
  • Durham avoids racial strife of the 1960s
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  • Subjects
  • Women lawyers--North Carolina
  • Women's rights--North Carolina
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